However, to the best of our understanding, the Apostolic Deposit was not kept by the Roman Catholic Church, as it has had innovations. We believe that both the original, unchanged Faith and the unbroken Apostolic Succession are needed for the Church to be the True Church.
To break this down tangibly: former Roman Catholics who enter the Church need to be Chrismated.
That's what I am talking about - total brain washing . The same old story, Kenneth... But take a look at this please:http://www.davidmacd.com/catholic/ortho ... rriage.htm
- the innovations in the Orthodox church concerning divorce;http://www.davidmacd.com/catholic/ortho ... eption.htm
- the innovations concerning contraception;http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patriarch_Nikon
- read a little bit about the reforms made by this Russian patriarch, Nikon; here's a quote from that article:
"Nikon was much bolder and also much more liberal. He consulted the most learned of the Greek prelates abroad; invited them to a consultation at Moscow; and finally the scholars of Constantinople and Kiev convinced the eyes of Nikon that the Muscovite service-books were heterodox, and that the icons actually in use had very widely departed from the ancient Constantinopolitan models, being for the most part imbued with the Polish baroque influences. Later research was to vindicate the Muscovite service-books as belonging to a different recension from that which was used by the Greeks at the time of Nikon, and the unrevised Muscovite books were actually older and more venerable than the Greek books, which had undergone several revisions over the centuries and ironically, were newer and contained innovations
Now, let's see... The Russians were baptized in the tenth century, in 988 if I remember correctly. That's when they got their Holy books translated into Russian (or at least started translating them). In the 17th century, 7 centuries later, their books were older and more venerable
than the Greek ones... So you can imagine how many more changes there have been since then...
Also, in Greece for example, the church has (unofficially) supported abortions. And, because of that, people think of abortions as a part of contraception.
The thing is, I've seen everything from within, I was raised in an Orthodox country, have been to various Orthodox churches in different countries, have been Orthodox myself for a long time, have read a LOT of Orthodox books, etc., so what you're saying isn't new to me. I just have, with time and experience, seen that it's not true. Both the Catholic and Orthodox churches have Apostolic succession, and that's something you can't deny - that's even the official position of most Orthodox churches today (we can't talk about one Orthodox church, as each end every one can, to a large extent, do whatever it wants, and there are significant differences between the different Orthodox churches). And, as you can see, there are a lot of innovations in the Orthodox church (just a few examples).